I ran across a collection of scraps of paper that had quotes on them that I’d found inspirational. At least some of them are from high school and instead of throwing them away when I was cleaning up my desk (or wherever they had been) I had tucked them away in a box. They still resonate with me. Whoever I was at that point in time, there is still that part of me present today. One of my favorite ones is rather long and concerns “attitude.” It is often difficult to remember this lesson when I’ve had a bad day or things seem like everything is wrong. But in reality, it is true. How I choose to approach a situation will often affect it’s outcome and, at the very least, my own experience of the situation.
“Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is that we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitudes.”
Charles Swindoll – Theologian
For instance, I was skeptical about whether Disney World was really that cool of a place to go on vacation to. But once I was there, I embraced the ability to be a kid again and had the time of my life. Good thing I chose to do that instead of being cranky about it!